PEONY: A garden plant with large red, pink, white, or yellow flowers. Today is also the day I get together with the cozy living gals hosted by Jennifer. We share things we think you’ll be interested in and there’s more April ideas below; just click on the links to see what they are!
TIP 1: ASK TO DIVIDE
My favorite way to grow any plant is from a cutting, seeds, or bulb from a kind friends garden. Peony plants are quite expensive, and often times if you ask, a neighbor or family member will allow you to dig up, and divide a clump from their garden. FREE peonies!
TIP 2: MULCH
Make sure you do this in the fall after the plants are done producing. Replant in your own garden 3″ deep and add minimal mulch to over winter. I do this the first season, while they get established, but after that I’m not as concerned about winter mulching. If it happens great, if not so be it.
TIP 3: PLANT IN A SUNNY LOCATION
In my garden the peonies get morning and early afternoon sun. Around 3 every afternoon the sun moves behind a tree line that partially shades the garden. I find I get more blooms in the sunny location. Anywhere they get full shade will not do. You will get the green foliage but no glorious blooms.
TIP 4: DEADHEAD
Cut back spent blooms and stems. Sadly Peonies only last about 7-10 days and by deadheading it keeps the plant looking nice and healthy as they fade.
TIP 5: SUPPORT PEONIES
Make sure and support those blooms. Peonies seem to be top heavy with blooms that will topple over if not supported. If you are in a windy area this is a must. Even a nice rain will knock them down. You can buy a peony specific trellis or make your own. I use a knee high nylon to support mine. Just tie it around the plant and because of the stretch the nylon has it will give with the plants movement yet stabilize it for support.
TIP 6: GATHER BASKET
Have that gather basket ready! If you are like me and enjoy cut flowers to decorate your home with you’ll want to bring these beauties indoors to enjoy them. The fragrance is strong and will fill the entire room with a slight sweet rose scent that’s just heavenly.